Higher Certificate in Arts Bar Supervision

Higher Certificate in Arts Bar Supervision

Course Overview

  • 2

    Years

  • 6

    Level

  • AQA

    Points

  • AL661

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Shake up your career and study Bar Supervision in Athlone Institute of technology. This is a qualification that is recognised worldwide, whether you want to advance in your current position within an existing hospitality business or begin a career in the industry, this is the course for you.Find out more about this course and our facilities by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

Placement will prepare you to develop an awareness of the working environment and apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in your studies.Students in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure are eligible to take part in annual international fieldtrips. In 2016 we visited Paris, Poznan and Beijing and in 2017 we visited Dubai and Italy. Joining us in September 2017? Then you could come on our next trip to Shanghai, in March 2018.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • A state­ of ­the ­art bright training facility with a fully loaded, working cocktail bar, craft beer bar, barista station, walk in cold room with state of the art cooling systems all in the guise of your classroom, it is what our current students call ‘the perfect learning environment’.
  • Guest lectures from past and present students who are working in some of Ireland/world’s best establishments;
  • Visits to breweries, distilleries, bars, pubs, hotels and night clubs;
  • Industry experience tutors teach on this structured course;
  • You will meet some fantastic people from all over the world and hopefully make friends for life;
  • Industry placement of your choice after your first semester.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The fact that the licensed industry has remained so popular is a tribute to the quality of the product. The bar manager plays a central role here, managers must be first class merchandisers, superb people managers and be au fait with profit and stock margins, when you have completed your studies here in AIT you could follow in many of our past graduates footsteps and work and manage pubs, clubs, bars and trade suppliers all over the globe.

If you wish to further your studies you could also progress into further courses here in AIT, such as the B.A. Hotel and Leisure Management (entry to 2nd year).

Course Details

Course Fees:
Uniform, knives and materials fees.
Course Duration:
2 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL661
Cut Off CAO Points:
AQA
Median CAO Points:
173
Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Arts
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Department:
Dept of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Studies
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. One of these subjects must be English.

QQI (FETAC):

Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable.

Lecturer Testimonial

Sarah Jane Coffey, Lecturer in Bar Supervision Profile Image

Sarah Jane Coffey, Lecturer in Bar Supervision

Shake up your career and study bar supervision in AIT. The HC Bar Supervision is a qualification that is recognised worldwide, whether you want to advance in you current position within a hospitality business or begin a career in the industry.

Student Testimonial

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Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure students in Beijing, 2016

"I throughly enjoyed myself on our Beijing fieldtrip. It was great to meet students from other courses and to learn about our industry in another country. I would recommend these trips to all students!"

Student Testimonial

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Patrick McGrath, HC Bar Supervision, 2015

"I really enjoyed this course - I didn't realise how much there was to learn about the bar trade. I have made some great pals up in Athlone. I am now working behind the bar in a five star hotel thanks to Athlone Institute of technology"

Student Testimonial

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Anna Pilska, Diploma in Restaurant Management, 2015

"The Diploma in Restaurant Management gave me the best professional preparation and confidence in my work performance. I had many years experience in restaurants before, but that course opened my mind to what I was doing right or wrong."

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

  • Learning and Development for Higher Education
  • Environmental, Health & Safety, Bar Service
  • Customer Care and Communicationss
  • Computer Applications for Bar Supervision
  • Food & Beverage Costing for Bar Supervision
  • Bar Operations
  • Beverage Studies
  • Work Based Learning,
  • Casual Dining,
  • Culinary Skills for Bar Supervision.

Year 2

Year 2

  • Restaurant Service
  • Mixology and Cocktail Making
  • Contemporary Beer studies
  • Wine Studies
  • Merchandising and Retail
  • Organisational Studies
  • Accounting for the Bar & Beverage Industry
  • Advanced Beverage Studies
  • Business & Management Principles
  • Computer Applications for Bar Supervision
  • Advanced Bar Operations
  • Accounting for the Bar and Beverage Industry.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Work Placement

There are work placement opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. We have excellent links with the following hotels and groups: The O’Sullivan Group (Sheraton Athlone, Hodson Bay, Galway Bay), Ballyfin Demense, Mimoza’s Cannes, the Wineport, Knockranny House Hotel Westport and many others, all over the world.

Students who opt to take a work placement overseas are usually eligible for Erasmus + funding to support their travel and subsistence costs.

We support all students in obtaining a work placement and you will have support from the college while on placement. Placements are generally paid and take place in summer between your second and third years of study.

Further Study

​Upon completion of the Higher Certificate in Arts in Bar Supervision, students who wish may progress to the 2nd year of the B.A. Hotel and Leisure Management.

​Upon completion of the BA Hotel and Leisure, students who wish may progress to the add-on one year BB (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Leisure Management

Bachelor of Arts

Facility Gallery

The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
Training Bar in the Hospitality Building
Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
HTL Sport Management Students